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Virginia Police Arrest Two In Roanoke For Various Drug Crimes

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Virginia law enforcement officers arrested two people for allegedly committing drug crimes and other offenses at a home in northwest Roanoke, according to an article by WSLS.

Law enforcement responded to multiple complaints from residents about potential drug activity. Law enforcement then obtained a search warrant for a home in the 2100 block of Orange Avenue NW. Multiple groups collaborated in this case, including the Virginia State Police, Roanoke Valley Regional Drug Unit (RVRDU), and Roanoke Police Department.

Officers seized illegal drugs — referred to legally as controlled substances — and other apparently illicit items. The two people in the house also had outstanding warrants for felony crimes in other jurisdictions.

Although the authorities have yet to disclose the exact type and quantity of illegal drugs in question, it seems likely that the alleged offenders will face charges for Virginia drug crimes. To understand the potential consequences, it will be helpful to review the Virginia penalties for possession and distribution of controlled substances.

Virginia Penalties for Possession of Controlled Substances

Code of Virginia Section 18.2-250 details the penalties for unlawful possession of a controlled substance. The punishment under this section does change based on the schedule of controlled substance in question. For example:

  • Possession of Schedule I/II Controlled Substances — Is usually charged as a Class 5 felony and is punishable by a prison sentence of one to 10 years and criminal fines up to $2,500;
  • Possession of Schedule III Controlled Substances — Is usually charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to 12 months in jail and criminal fines up to $2,500;
  • Possession of Schedule IV Controlled Substances — Is usually charged as a Class 2 misdemeanor and is punishable by up to six months in jail and criminal fines up to $1,000;
  • Possession of Schedule V Controlled Substances — Is usually charged as a Class 3 misdemeanor and is punishable by criminal fines up to $500; and
  • Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substances — Is usually charged as a Class 4 misdemeanor and is punishable by criminal fines up to $250.

Virginia Penalties for Distribution of Controlled Substances

Code of Virginia Section 18.2-248 establishes the penalties for unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. The applicable punishment under this section does fluctuate based on the schedule and quantity of controlled substance in question. Generally speaking, the penalties for this offense are as follows:

  • Distribution of Schedule I/II Controlled Substances — Is normally charged as a felony and is punishable by a prison sentence of five to 40 years and criminal fines up to $500,000;
  • Distribution of Schedule III Controlled Substances — Is normally charged as a Class 5 felony and is punishable as explained above;
  • Distribution of Schedule IV Controlled Substances — Is normally charged as a Class 6 felony and is punishable by a prison sentence of one to five years and criminal fines up to $2,500; and
  • Distribution of Schedule V/VI Controlled Substances — Is normally charged as a Class 1 misdemeanor and is punishable as explained above.

That being said, there are enhanced penalties for the distribution — or possession with intent to distribute — of larger quantities of controlled substances, particularly those classified under Schedule I/II.

Do You Need Legal Help?

If you are facing criminal charges, the Leesburg drug crimes attorneys at Simms Showers LLP can help. Reach out to us today for a consultation on your case.

Resource:

wsls.com/news/local/2021/11/17/roanoke-police-act-on-citizen-complaints-and-execute-search-warrant-leading-to-drug-seizure-two-arrests/

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